Tasmanians with arthritis deserve better. The time has come to act.
Arthritis & Osteoporosis has released its Election Priorities Statement 2021, calling on the next elected Tasmanian Government to immediately act to improve arthritis information, education, treatment and support. In particular, Arthritis & Osteoporosis Tasmania calls for a commitment to:
- Development of a strategic, cohesive and appropriately resourced musculoskeletal model of care for Tasmania as an immediate priority. Central to this model will be the establishment of a State-wide Musculoskeletal Triaging and Assessment Service (MTAS) – a single point of entry for rheumatology referrals, assessment and treatment pathways.
- Establishment of an appropriately resourced multi-disciplinary specialist rheumatology and persistent pain service (1FTE rheumatologist, with allied health service support) based in Launceston to improve access and health outcomes for those living in the north and north west regions of Tasmania.
- Additional resourcing of Arthritis & Osteoporosis Tasmania to extend its evidence-based community education and self-management programs to the north and north west regions.